Care New England announces Shannon Sullivan as President and COO of Women & Infants Hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Monday, September 21, 2020, Care New England announced the appointment of Shannon Sullivan, MSW, LICSW, CCM, as President and COO, Women & Infants Hospital. Sullivan had been serving as interim COO since June 1, 2020.

“It is my honor and privilege to announce Shannon Sullivan as President and COO of Women & Infants Hospital. Care New England has tremendous faith in Shannon’s ability to bring vision and leadership to her new role,” said James E. Fanale, MD, President and CEO, Care New England.


“I have had the great pleasure of working with Shannon for just several of her nearly two decades here at Care New England, where she’s served in various roles. I’ve been impressed with her commitment and dedication to healthcare, since day one. Shannon puts patient care and safety first, which is a hallmark of all Care New England hospitals. Not only does Shannon have a stellar reputation in the healthcare industry, she possesses the leadership and visionary qualities necessary to keep Women & Infants Hospital at the cutting edge of healthcare,” Dr. Fanale added.


“It is my honor and privledge to accept this role and lead the region’s premier hospital for woman’s and infant health. Women & Infants Hospital has a pivitol role in improving the health outcomes of our diverse community and there is nothing I take more seriously than assuring that Women & Infants remains a national leader in exceptional clinical care, cutting edge research and ivy league academics, while providing personalized patient centered care. As a woman who had my own children here, this position is not only a professional privledge but a personal honor,” said Shannon Sullivan, President and COO, Women & Infants Hospital.


Sullivan has been employed with Care New England in various roles, since 2002. She began her career at Women & Infants Hospital as a Clinical Social Worker, eventually working her way up to Director of Patient and Family Support Services, and later as System Director, Care Mangement. In 2018, Sullivan was appointed Executive Director of Care Coordination and Chief Access officer, and shortly thereafter, named Vice President of Operations at Kent Hospital. In 2019, Sullivan was named interim COO, Women & Infants Hospital.


In early 2020, Shannon oversaw the construction of field hospitals as our state, along with the country, battled the COVID-19 pandemic.


Notably, Shannon Sullivan, MSW, LICSW, CCM, was selected this year by the Providence Business News for a PBN Business Women Award for Healthcare Services, Industry Leader.


Sullivan has an Executive Master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University (2021), and attended Boston College for Master’s degree in Social Work (2002). Previously, she attended Providence College (1996-2000), where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.



About Care New England

Care New England Health System is a trusted organization that fuels the latest advances in medical research, attracts the nation’s top specialty-trained doctors, hones renowned services and innovative programs, and engages in the important discussions people need to have about their health and end-of-life wishes. Care New England is helping to transform the future of health care, providing a leading voice in the ongoing effort to ensure the health of the individuals and communities we serve.


CNE was founded in 1996, and today it is the parent organization of Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Care New England Medical Group, the VNA of Care New England, The Providence Center, and Integra, a certified accountable care organization (ACO). Care New England includes 970 licensed beds and 216 infant bassinets. Through Butler, Kent, and Women & Infants hospitals, Care New England has a teaching and research affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kent is also a teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.